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Olympus50mm f/2.0 Macro ED Zuiko Digital Lens
 
4.7

(based on 126 reviews)

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95%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Lightweight (81)
  • Consistent output (77)
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (76)
  • Strong construction (70)
  • Easily interchangeable (55)

Cons

  • Slow focus (41)
  • Poor in low light (9)

Best Uses

  • Macro photography (54)
  • Portraits (39)
  • Low light (30)
  • Night photography (26)
  • Weddings (26)
    • Reviewer Profile:
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Ignore the Bad Reviews!

I have been a long time user of Olympus digital cameras, but I have just purchased this lens. Why, well its obvious that the "true" Olympus SLRs are not long for...Read complete review

I have been a long time user of Olympus digital cameras, but I have just purchased this lens. Why, well its obvious that the "true" Olympus SLRs are not long for this world, so did I want to tie up that much cash on a lens that would be less than optimal to switch over to Micro 4/3 or just completely obsolete? Well I decided to and am very ashamed for waiting so long. Here's why.This is an all around lens being a compromise of middle tele, macro, and portrait lenses. Having said that; Could it weigh less? Yes. Could it weigh more? Easily! Could it be faster? Yes, but it would weigh more and be physically bigger. Could it focus closer? Yes, but it would weigh more. In the 80's, my favorite walk around was a Pentax MX with an M85mm f2 lens. So my E620 with this lens is a dream for me. If you take an 8X10 frame out of a 35mm negative and compare that to an 8X10 frame out of 4/3 sensor, you acually get a crop factor of 1.85. I know that 2 is easier to figure but there is actually more sensor size in 4/3 than most believe and less in APS-C since you crop your photos and cut off all those extra (precious) pixels. Therefore, this lens is a 92.5mm equivalent. Therefore, I get my middle tele perspective with a lens that can do close ups, isolation shots(portraits) if needed, and has good available light abilities. And, (MOST IMPORTANT) this lens is sharper at f2 than f1.4 SLR lenses are at f4...edge to edge! And that my friends is what you're paying for...period. Most f1.4 lenses are described as being useful at f1.4, which is a nice way of saying "not real good". My Sigma 30mm f1.4 is like this and so was my Nikon 50mm f1.4, but both are great at 5.6. No one can describe to you how great this lens is at f2 until you see it yourself. Would it be hard to see the difference compared to the 35~100mm f2? Yep, but you can see the difference compared with the 14~54mm which is more expensive and heavier. Can't say about the 12~60mm.Understand that this is an SLR lens designed for the Olympus SLRs that are disappearing. If you have a PEN camera, you will be happier with a micro 4/3 lens...UNLESS, you desire this lens' superior optics enough to use it on a tiny little camera that it was not designed for. Even then, the M45mm f1.8 will reach greater sharpness due to no back focus. That said, the 45mm f1.8 does not have as flat a sharpness profile as the 50mm f2. In other words, there is a greater difference between sharpness wide open versus maximum sharpness and center sharpness versus edge sharpness. And by the way, when this lens was designed, no Olympus SLR was capable of video (One of my FAVORITE reasons to hang on to my Olympus non-video bodies. Why should I put up with the video compromises on an SLR when even a smart phone will make better videos?). Therefore, no complaints about the lens' video ability is valid in any way.Since this lens was not designed for video, noise was not paramount, BUT, it is not any noiser than any of the earlier Olympus SLR lenses. You will have to compare it to the newer lenses for this to be so. Its not any noisier that older Nikon AF lenses either. Conclusion, if your not using video, disregard comments on noise.Slow focus is another complaint seen alot. If your using an Olympus SLR, you have no doubt learned how to deal with the tendency for Olympus SLRs to focus fail in low light so I won't go through all that. (In my experience with Nikon digital SLRs, they were less likely to focus fail in low light, but more likely to miss focus)Let me say that this lens focuses no worse than my 14~54 zoom (old model). I can make it fail to focus lock but then I can help it not fail as well. Example, if focusing on objects between infinity and normal ranges, focusing is quick, quiet, and precise. If you then want to do a close up, start focusing as you move towards the subject instead of focusing once you get there. The lense almost never hunts with this procedure even in low light. Would it be nice if the lens had a focus limiter? Yep. Is it killing me? Not at all. Remember, this a compromise of 2 lenses, a middle tele isolation lens and a middle macro. And after all, this very same compromise ideal is what drives one to use one heavy slow zoom rather than 3 or 4 lighter faster primes. Convenience has trumped weight, slow speed, and loss of sharpness. Same here, the convenience of having 2 lenses in one comes at a price, all be it, a small one.You see comlaints about weight, it is heavier if compared to M4/3 lenses and other maker's 50mm f1.4 lenses, but not compared to other maker's 50mm and 60mm f2.8 macros! Remember, this lens is the compromise of both! Zooms are pineapples in this apple orchard and, therefore, not comparable.Complaints about "aberations" are either manufactured or example specific. There are no such things in my example and mine was purchase used.Complains about it not being a zoom...well I just dont know what to say about that...Complaints on inconvenient manual focus. This may be valid if using on a PEN body (that it was not designed for) but is completely invalid for an SLR body that it WAS designed for. All of the modern Olympus SLR bodies have a "function" button that can be programmed to switch back and forth between manual and auto focus. Nothing inconvenient about that. This is an older lens so it is not an SWD lens, and so, does not have manual focus coupling...you have to switch to manual on the body. Complaints on price...well it is not cheap but not astronomically expensive. And, since you get 2 lenses in one, it's actually kinda economical. Bottom line. If you own an Olympus SLR (especially a 400 or 600 series model), middle tele perspective suits your eye, you like to take isolation shots, you like to get close, you like available light, you would like to have a painfully sharp f2 lens, and you like it all light and simple, then stop reading reviews, buy it, and go shoot! If your financially challenged, like me, buy it refurbished or used...just buy it and don't look back.

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A great lens but not for Macro

Being an Olympus faithful for many years and owning a few Zuiko lenses this is the one lens that they can improve on. The built quality is right up there and the fast aperture...Read complete review

Being an Olympus faithful for many years and owning a few Zuiko lenses this is the one lens that they can improve on. The built quality is right up there and the fast aperture (f/2.0) is great, especially in lower light conditions. Image quality is truly amazing and tack sharp is the best way to describe it. So why not a 5/5 rating?

1. The lens is extremely slow and this is frustrating. The lens really battles to find a focus point in all modes, AF-S and AF-C. The best option is to use manual focus when using this lens.

2. The lens does extend (like the other zoom lenses) and for 1:1 (really 1:2) the lens reaches is maximum length and for extreme macro this does tend to be a problem. You constantly have to ensure that your lens does not extend to touch the subject.

3. Auto focus is noisy and this creates the impression that the lens is experiencing problems trying to get a focus point, this impression is unfortunately true.

The best use for this lens is portraiture, interior, food and still life photography, not macro even when using the EX-25 extension tube to achieve true 1:1 magnification. One of the great features of a fast aperture of f/2.0 is the depth of field, play with this, it is amazing.

If you do want a great macro lens, the much less advertised (and less expensive) Zuiko 35mm f/3.5 macro lens is a brilliant buy. With no movable parts this lens from Zuiko is a true macro lens and gives 1:1 magnification, even without using the EX-25 extension tube, albeit, the aperture of f/3.5 tends to have people believe that it is a standard zoom lens.

Now, will I recommend this lens to a friend? The answer is yes and no. If you buy this lens for macro photography I wouldn't recommend is, if you buy this lens for the above mentioned purposes, yes, I would recommend this lens.

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5.0

Versatile, lightweight and amazing resolution

By Bill

from MS Gulf Coast

Verified Reviewer

Comments about Olympus 50mm f/2.0 Macro ED Zuiko Digital Lens:

I purchased this lens when I first switched to digital in 2004 (E-1), and have had experience with some of the best optics known, including Leitz and Nikon. I cannot compare it to Zeiss or Schneider, but for me the results of this light weight, sharp and versatile glass is amazing. I have had a number of ZD lenses, including the 300 super high grade. For me, this is among the best, brightest and very affordable optics available.

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5.0

Over the moon!!

By Suz

from Illinois

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Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Lightweight
  • Nice Bokeh
  • Strong Construction

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Indoors/Low Light
    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Macro Photography

    Comments about Olympus 50mm f/2.0 Macro ED Zuiko Digital Lens:

    I love this lens... and know as I practice I will enjoy it even more. I love the bokeh -- exactly what I wanted.

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    5.0

    very good

    By ricardorh19

    from venezuela

    Comments about Olympus 50mm f/2.0 Macro ED Zuiko Digital Lens:

    This is the best lens for olympus

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    5.0

    Very good

    By Mustafa

    from Turkiye

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    Pros

    • Consistent Output
    • Durable
    • Easily Interchangeable
    • Fast / accurate auto-focus
    • Lightweight
    • Rugged
    • Strong Construction

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Night Photography
      • Weddings/Events

      Comments about Olympus 50mm f/2.0 Macro ED Zuiko Digital Lens:

      Excellent product ...

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      5.0

      Astounding Close-ups; Perfect Portraits

      By Edsel Adams

      from Chapel Hill, NC

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

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      Pros

      • Good Price
      • Great Contrast and Color
      • Nice Bokeh
      • Sharp
      • Splash And Dust Resistant

      Cons

      • A bit noisy
      • Infinity To Macro Is Slow

      Best Uses

      • Macro and close-up
      • Portraits

      Comments about Olympus 50mm f/2.0 Macro ED Zuiko Digital Lens:

      If you have a strong interest in close-up photography, and you like to shoot portraits, then this is a must-have lens for the Olympus E-System....I cannot recommend it highly enough. With one caveat, as detailed below.

      I have been shooting close-ups for more than 35 years. My camera and lens of choice years ago was a Canon A-1 and the legendary Vivitar Series 1 90mm ƒ/2.5 Macro. For the last three years I have been shooting a Nikon D700, with a Micro-Nikkor 60mm ƒ/2.8G ED lens. I like to shoot my close-ups with available light. The D700 permitted the use of high ISO's (to compensate for small apertures and fast shutter speeds) with minimal degradation.

      Over the last year and a half, however, I have discovered Olympus color, which I have come to regard as the truest in the business. I have purchased three Olympus E-System bodies, all used—an E-510, an E-410, and an E-3. Each has the original Four-Thirds mount. I came to Olympus, because I had purchased a Pany Leica Summilux D 25mm ƒ/1.4 ASPH. lens for a Panasonic Lumix DMC-G1, but the images were lacking color-wise.

      To make a very long story short, I use the Leica on the E-3....it is sensational. I purchased the Olympus Zuiko 14–54mm ƒ/2.8–3.5 II as a walk-around lens for the E-510....it is excellent.

      And now I have added the Olympus Zuiko 50mm ƒ/2.0 ED Macro. My intention was to use it on the E-410....to make a very small, light package. There is one issue, however that caused me to make a switch....the E-410 does not have the facility to leave the lens focused at something other than infinity when the camera is turned off. Both the E-510 and the E-3 do have this option in the menu, so the new lens is on the E-510. Why is this important? Because, being a proper macro lens, there is a substantial amount of extension as one changes focus from infinity to close-up. And, this lens is, as others have written, a bit "slow", and rather noisy. The slowness comes from the fact that the front elements have to move a considerable distance. The noise is just a consequence of the motor used.

      So, as long as the camera body you are using permits you to turn off the automatic return-to-infinity facility this is a lens which will not disappoint in any respect. The close-ups are astounding....this is due in part to the perfection of Olympus color, to be sure.

      And, the big bonus is that this is a lens which yields stunning portraits. I would strongly urge anyone interested in portraits to go to Robin Wong's multi-part review of the new Olympus OM-D E-M1....specifically, Part 3: Shooting with Zuiko Digital Four Thirds Lenses....his portraits of men on the streets of Kuala Lumpur are just outstanding. And, these are straight out of the camera.

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      5.0

      Portraits made simple!

      By Shutterbug Dad

      from USA

      About Me Casual Photographer

      Pros

      • Consistent Output
      • Strong Construction

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Baby
        • Portrait
        • Weddings/Events

        Comments about Olympus 50mm f/2.0 Macro ED Zuiko Digital Lens:

        Rarely review anything, but so happy with lens I have to!I am far from a "prosumer" but this lens breathed new life into our old Oly e410! New baby was the excuse for purchase and it is worth every penny for the photographs we have been able to take. With moderate natural light you will be amazed at the portraits you can take. I jokingly call it my "Senior Photo" lens since it is easy to get studio looking photos. Focus might be a bit slow but for the images it captures I'm willing to wait. If you have someone in your life (baby, pet, family) that you want to "capture", get this lens and immortalize them! [B&H is awesome, got this lens used for ~$ and it was as good as new]

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        5.0

        Ignore the Bad Reviews!

        By McFern

        from Faith, NC

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Pros

        • Consistent Output
        • Durable
        • Fast / accurate auto-focus
        • Lightweight
        • Nice Bokeh
        • Rugged
        • Strong Construction

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Indoors/Low Light
          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Macro Photography
          • Night Photography
          • Sports/Action
          • Weddings/Events

          Comments about Olympus 50mm f/2.0 Macro ED Zuiko Digital Lens:

          I have been a long time user of Olympus digital cameras, but I have just purchased this lens. Why, well its obvious that the "true" Olympus SLRs are not long for this world, so did I want to tie up that much cash on a lens that would be less than optimal to switch over to Micro 4/3 or just completely obsolete? Well I decided to and am very ashamed for waiting so long. Here's why.This is an all around lens being a compromise of middle tele, macro, and portrait lenses. Having said that; Could it weigh less? Yes. Could it weigh more? Easily! Could it be faster? Yes, but it would weigh more and be physically bigger. Could it focus closer? Yes, but it would weigh more. In the 80's, my favorite walk around was a Pentax MX with an M85mm f2 lens. So my E620 with this lens is a dream for me. If you take an 8X10 frame out of a 35mm negative and compare that to an 8X10 frame out of 4/3 sensor, you acually get a crop factor of 1.85. I know that 2 is easier to figure but there is actually more sensor size in 4/3 than most believe and less in APS-C since you crop your photos and cut off all those extra (precious) pixels. Therefore, this lens is a 92.5mm equivalent. Therefore, I get my middle tele perspective with a lens that can do close ups, isolation shots(portraits) if needed, and has good available light abilities. And, (MOST IMPORTANT) this lens is sharper at f2 than f1.4 SLR lenses are at f4...edge to edge! And that my friends is what you're paying for...period. Most f1.4 lenses are described as being useful at f1.4, which is a nice way of saying "not real good". My Sigma 30mm f1.4 is like this and so was my Nikon 50mm f1.4, but both are great at 5.6. No one can describe to you how great this lens is at f2 until you see it yourself. Would it be hard to see the difference compared to the 35~100mm f2? Yep, but you can see the difference compared with the 14~54mm which is more expensive and heavier. Can't say about the 12~60mm.Understand that this is an SLR lens designed for the Olympus SLRs that are disappearing. If you have a PEN camera, you will be happier with a micro 4/3 lens...UNLESS, you desire this lens' superior optics enough to use it on a tiny little camera that it was not designed for. Even then, the M45mm f1.8 will reach greater sharpness due to no back focus. That said, the 45mm f1.8 does not have as flat a sharpness profile as the 50mm f2. In other words, there is a greater difference between sharpness wide open versus maximum sharpness and center sharpness versus edge sharpness. And by the way, when this lens was designed, no Olympus SLR was capable of video (One of my FAVORITE reasons to hang on to my Olympus non-video bodies. Why should I put up with the video compromises on an SLR when even a smart phone will make better videos?). Therefore, no complaints about the lens' video ability is valid in any way.Since this lens was not designed for video, noise was not paramount, BUT, it is not any noiser than any of the earlier Olympus SLR lenses. You will have to compare it to the newer lenses for this to be so. Its not any noisier that older Nikon AF lenses either. Conclusion, if your not using video, disregard comments on noise.Slow focus is another complaint seen alot. If your using an Olympus SLR, you have no doubt learned how to deal with the tendency for Olympus SLRs to focus fail in low light so I won't go through all that. (In my experience with Nikon digital SLRs, they were less likely to focus fail in low light, but more likely to miss focus)Let me say that this lens focuses no worse than my 14~54 zoom (old model). I can make it fail to focus lock but then I can help it not fail as well. Example, if focusing on objects between infinity and normal ranges, focusing is quick, quiet, and precise. If you then want to do a close up, start focusing as you move towards the subject instead of focusing once you get there. The lense almost never hunts with this procedure even in low light. Would it be nice if the lens had a focus limiter? Yep. Is it killing me? Not at all. Remember, this a compromise of 2 lenses, a middle tele isolation lens and a middle macro. And after all, this very same compromise ideal is what drives one to use one heavy slow zoom rather than 3 or 4 lighter faster primes. Convenience has trumped weight, slow speed, and loss of sharpness. Same here, the convenience of having 2 lenses in one comes at a price, all be it, a small one.You see comlaints about weight, it is heavier if compared to M4/3 lenses and other maker's 50mm f1.4 lenses, but not compared to other maker's 50mm and 60mm f2.8 macros! Remember, this lens is the compromise of both! Zooms are pineapples in this apple orchard and, therefore, not comparable.Complaints about "aberations" are either manufactured or example specific. There are no such things in my example and mine was purchase used.Complains about it not being a zoom...well I just dont know what to say about that...Complaints on inconvenient manual focus. This may be valid if using on a PEN body (that it was not designed for) but is completely invalid for an SLR body that it WAS designed for. All of the modern Olympus SLR bodies have a "function" button that can be programmed to switch back and forth between manual and auto focus. Nothing inconvenient about that. This is an older lens so it is not an SWD lens, and so, does not have manual focus coupling...you have to switch to manual on the body. Complaints on price...well it is not cheap but not astronomically expensive. And, since you get 2 lenses in one, it's actually kinda economical. Bottom line. If you own an Olympus SLR (especially a 400 or 600 series model), middle tele perspective suits your eye, you like to take isolation shots, you like to get close, you like available light, you would like to have a painfully sharp f2 lens, and you like it all light and simple, then stop reading reviews, buy it, and go shoot! If your financially challenged, like me, buy it refurbished or used...just buy it and don't look back.

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          4.0

          Great lens, but somewhat pricey

          By SeattleJim

          from Seattle, WA

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Fast / accurate auto-focus
          • Lightweight

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Indoors/Low Light
            • Macro Photography
            • Weddings/Events

            Comments about Olympus 50mm f/2.0 Macro ED Zuiko Digital Lens:

            Using this lens for products shots and portraits. Some of the reviews indicated slow or inaccurate focus -- I have not experienced that. Very happy with focus performance and image quality. The macro ability is a fun and useful bonus. It seems a bit pricey, relatively-speaking, but -- at the end of the day -- I'm very glad I spent the money and added it to my toolkit.

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            4.0

            Superb Optical Quality

            By Noreaster

            from Marshfield, MA

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            Pros

            • Consistent Output
            • Durable
            • Easily Interchangeable
            • Lightweight
            • Nice Bokeh
            • Rugged
            • Strong Construction

            Cons

            • Focus by wire
            • Slow Focus

            Best Uses

            • Indoors/Low Light
            • Macro Photography
            • Weddings/Events

            Comments about Olympus 50mm f/2.0 Macro ED Zuiko Digital Lens:

            This lens would be easily 5 stars with a different focusing system. I'm a bit surprised Olympus would use a focusing system like this on such a high quality optical instrument. I like to shoot insects, flowers and still life. I have some very good results both hand held and with a tripod. I highly recommend this lens, but am disappointed with the focus by wire.

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            4.0

            Great product

            By Penguin Palace Photography

            from Minneapolis, MN

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easily Interchangeable
            • Fast / accurate auto-focus
            • Lightweight
            • Nice Bokeh

            Cons

            • Poor in Low Light

            Best Uses

            • Macro Photography

            Comments about Olympus 50mm f/2.0 Macro ED Zuiko Digital Lens:

            My pictures are looking just as I imagined they would and this lens is the reason. I'm sure the pictures that have turned out less than satisfactory have been due to user error and not because of the lens itself. My only complaint is it's function in low light. When I researched this type of lens, it was touted as being better in low light than the kit lens. I'm finding that is not exactly the case. I'm sure the better I get with using this lens, the better my pictures will be. The learning curve is much steeper than a regular lens but that being said, I can't wait to learn more!

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            5.0

            Excellent Lens

            By flowerchild71

            from washington metropolitan area

            About Me Casual Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Consistent Output
            • Durable
            • Lightweight
            • Strong Construction

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Indoors/Low Light
              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Macro Photography
              • Night Photography

              Comments about Olympus 50mm f/2.0 Macro ED Zuiko Digital Lens:

              Love the 50mm Macro lens. It captures pictures great in low light conditions as described in other reviews. The clarity of pictures taken is awesome whether taken in or outdoors. I'm impressed!

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              5.0

              Excellent and sharp lens

              By Brian Steele

              from St. George's, Grenada

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Consistent Output
              • Lightweight
              • Nice Bokeh

              Cons

              • Slow Focus

              Best Uses

              • Indoors/Low Light
              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Macro Photography
              • Weddings/Events

              Comments about Olympus 50mm f/2.0 Macro ED Zuiko Digital Lens:

              I bought this lens along with the 12-60, specifically because of its F2.0 rating, which I thought could come in handy under specific situations. It's getting more use than I originally intended because the resulting photographs are very sharp and clear. Focus can be a little slow at times, but not to the point where it's objectionable.

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              5.0

              Tack Sharp

              By Duffy's Dad

              from Long Island, NY

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              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Consistent Output
              • Durable
              • Easily Interchangeable
              • Lightweight
              • Nice Bokeh
              • Rugged
              • Strong Construction

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Indoors/Low Light
                • Macro Photography
                • Portraits

                Comments about Olympus 50mm f/2.0 Macro ED Zuiko Digital Lens:

                Love the low light capabilities. Use manual focus in low light for quickest focus. Lens is very light and fast, two important features.
                Macro performance is stellar. Most important is the Tack Sharp results.

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                5.0

                Worth investing in

                By GhostKat

                from Australia

                About Me Casual Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Lightweight
                • Nice Bokeh
                • Strong Construction

                Cons

                • Slow Focus

                Best Uses

                • Macro Photography

                Comments about Olympus 50mm f/2.0 Macro ED Zuiko Digital Lens:

                A great lens for the amateur photographer like myself. I am still learning about macro photography and loving the world I am entering into While I am not getting things as pin sharp as I want, I think at this stage its more the person than the equipment but its just a matter of getting out there and using the lens. Well worth investing in.

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                5.0

                Supreme Return On Investment ; )

                By Marathonianbull

                from Montreal, Canada

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Consistent Output
                • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                • Lightweight
                • Nice Bokeh
                • Nice colors
                • Rugged
                • Strong Construction

                Cons

                • Noisier AF than with SWD
                • Slower AF than with SWD

                Best Uses

                • Indoors/Low Light
                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Macro Photography
                • Night Photography
                • Street photography

                Comments about Olympus 50mm f/2.0 Macro ED Zuiko Digital Lens:

                Food For Thought: With this brand new Zuiko 50mm f/2 acting like the leading superstar of the ice rink, my beloved 12-60mm sadly stays on the bench more often than not... Slightly noisy AF mechanism, original front cap too tight, maybe!? On the other hand, all pictures stemming from the 50mm f/2 seem to benefit greatly from strong micro-contrasts, very high sharpness, and brightness galore, almost to the point of looking like 3D images right from the back LCD of the camera! Overall, it is pure bliss already: such a handy, powerful, yet discreet little 4/3 lens! B&H has been part of the nice experience once again, thanks to a combination a factors such as prompt shipping, safe packaging, very competitive prices.

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                5.0

                I'm not impressed easily.

                By Chuck

                from Vancouver, Canada

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Nice Bokeh

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Macro Photography

                  Comments about Olympus 50mm f/2.0 Macro ED Zuiko Digital Lens:

                  This lens has been reviewed before. Wow. This is one of those things in life that you didn't know you wanted until you got it & then, Wow. OK!

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                  5.0

                  I WOULD BUY THIS PRODUCT AGAIN AND AGAIN

                  By Georgia Siettou

                  from Greece

                  Verified Buyer

                  Comments about Olympus 50mm f/2.0 Macro ED Zuiko Digital Lens:

                  I love the way 50mm f/2 Mecro ED Zuiko Digital Lens by Olympus see things..
                  An other dimension..!!!
                  Love it..

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                  (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Nice portraits

                  By kenorasis

                  from New York, NY

                  About Me Casual Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Nice Bokeh

                  Cons

                  • Slow Focus

                  Best Uses

                  • Indoors/Low Light

                  Comments about Olympus 50mm f/2.0 Macro ED Zuiko Digital Lens:

                  As others have mentioned, the AF is a bit slow and problematic at times, but it focuses nicely manually -- even for this amateur. For full frame head shots, I was able to capture some fine detail (skin texture, fine hairs, etc.), in fairly low light situations. Very happy with this lens.

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                  (1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  3.0

                  Nice sharp lens, but too slow

                  By tomoyubu

                  from Jacksonville, FL

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                  Pros

                  • Easily Interchangeable
                  • Nice Bokeh
                  • Strong Construction

                  Cons

                  • Slow Focus

                  Best Uses

                  • Macro Photography

                  Comments about Olympus 50mm f/2.0 Macro ED Zuiko Digital Lens:

                  I used this lens on Olympus E3 and Panasonic GH2. It's nice sharp lens. Unfortunately AF is way too slow, even with E3. I expected to be slow on GH2, but not with E3. Olympus, fix this! I returned this lens.

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                  3.0

                  Amazing Lens

                  By T-Bone

                  from Tucson, AZ

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Durable
                  • Easily Interchangeable
                  • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                  • Lightweight
                  • Strong Construction

                  Cons

                  • Poor in Low Light

                  Best Uses

                  • Macro Photography

                  Comments about Olympus 50mm f/2.0 Macro ED Zuiko Digital Lens:

                  I purchased this lens to go along with my 3 other lenses for my Olympus 620 camera. This prime 50 mm, macro lens is a great addition to my camera collection. I use it to do macro photography of small wild flowers. I have had it only one week but have already I have gotten some great shoots. My only wish is it was a faster lens either a f1.4 or a f1.8 lens. I really wanted a piece of fast glass without spenting over $1,000 dollars.

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